because it meant for me, since i had been writing about the history of politics and what the vote meant to african-americans and holding office, that we finally would get a chance to see what happened when a black person held a statewide office like that, and we'd get to see how much difference it made, if any. and if it didn't make any, we'd get to figure out why, and what else we needed to do. but we needed to have him win in order for us to get to that point. so it really was crucial for the african-american community. i remember clearly tim stating in a conversation to governor wilder, and says, "yeah, yeah, yeah. you know, if this state is smart enough to elect you as governor, i'm moving back to virginia, my home." and once he got elected, i looked for a house. i don't think of it in terms of proud.